Jean-Philippe van Dijck


Dr. Jean-Philippe van Dijck is an experimental (neuro)psychologist with a PhD in Psychology obtained at Ghent University, entitled “The cognitive mechanisms of spatial-numerical associations”. He currently works as a lecturer and researcher at the Thomas More, and as a visiting research professor at the department of Experimental Psychology of Ghent University. His teaching entails the courses General Psychology, Methods of Psychological Research 1, and Neuropsychology. For his research he aims at translating insights from fundamental research to applied domains. More precisely, besides doing fundamental research in the domains of numerical cognition, working memory, spatial cognition, and math anxiety, he uses these insights to understand individual differences in mathematical abilities throughout the school career. These insights will be subsequentially used for the creation of diagnostic tools and recommendations for (school) psychologists and teachers. Besides contributing to the PWO-project “Pole Position for Mathematics”, he is involved as PhD supervisor and co-supervisor in the FWO-INTER project: “Understanding the role of spatial number representations and spatial skills in mathematical abilities: From kindergarten to higher education”. His neuropsychological research focusses on premorbid intelligence (i.e., the level of cognitive functioning prior to the acquired brain damage). For this, he contributes to the PWO-Project: “The development and standardization of the Questionnaire Intellectual Status”.


  • General Psychology (1st bachelor’s in applied psychology)
  • Methods of Psychological Research 1 (1st bachelor’s in applied psychology)
  • Neuropsychology (co-lecturer; 2d and 3e bachelor’s in psychology; Ghent University)
  • Supervision of Bachelor and Master theses


A full record of his CV and/or publications can be found here:

Please find below an overview of his key publications:

  • van Dijck, J. P., Fias, W., & Cipora, K. (2022). Spatialization in working memory and its relation to math anxiety. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
  • van Dijck, J. P., Abrahamse, E., Kesteloot, S., Willems, R., & Fias, W. (2022). Statistics Anxiety in Flanders: Exploring Its Level, Antecedents, and Performance Impact Across Professional and Academic Bachelor Programs in Psychology. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 14(3), 363-385.
  • Hermans, N., & van Dijck, J. P. (2022). The “Dutch Reading Test for Adults” has Been Used for 29 Years to Estimate the Premorbid Performance Level, does it Still Meet the Expectations?. Psychologica Belgica, 62(1), 241.
  • Cristoforetti, G., Majerus, S., Sahan, M. I., van Dijck, J. P., & Fias, W. (2022). Neural Patterns in Parietal Cortex and Hippocampus Distinguish Retrieval of Start versus End Positions in Working Memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 34(7), 1230-1245.
  • Sahan, M. I., van Dijck, J. P., & Fias, W. (2022). Eye-movements reveal the serial position of the attended item in verbal working memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 29(2), 530-540.
  • Rasoulzadeh, V., Sahan, M. I., van Dijck, J. P., Abrahamse, E., Marzecova, A., Verguts, T., & Fias, W. (2021). Spatial attention in serial order working memory: an EEG study. Cerebral Cortex, 31(5), 2482-2493.
  • van Dijck, J. P., Abrahamse, E., & Fias, W. (2020). Do preliterate children spontaneously employ spatial coding for serial order in working memory?. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1477(1), 91-99.
  • Antoine, S., Ranzini, M., van Dijck, J. P., Slama, H., Bonato, M., Tousch, A., … & Gevers, W. (2019). Hemispatial neglect and serial order in verbal working memory. Journal of Neuropsychology, 13(2), 272-288.
  • van Dijck, J. P., & Doricchi, F. (2019). Multiple left-to-right spatial representations of number magnitudes? Evidence from left spatial neglect. Experimental Brain Research, 237(4), 1031-1043.
  • Guida, A., Megreya, A. M., Lavielle-Guida, M., Noël, Y., Mathy, F., van Dijck, J. P., & Abrahamse, E. (2018). Spatialization in working memory is related to literacy and reading direction: Culture “literarily” directs our thoughts. Cognition, 175, 96-100.
  • Abrahamse, E. L., van Dijck, J. P., & Fias, W. (2017). Grounding verbal working memory: the case of serial order. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26(5), 429-433.
  • van Dijck, J. P., Ginsburg, V., Girelli, L., & Gevers, W. (2015). Linking numbers to space: from the mental number line towards a hybrid account. In The Oxford handbook of numerical cognition (pp. 89-105). Oxford University Press.
  • van Dijck, J. P., Gevers, W., Lafosse, C., & Fias, W. (2013). Right-sided representational neglect after left brain damage in a case without visuospatial working memory deficits. Cortex, 49(9), 2283-2293.
  • van Dijck, J. P., Abrahamse, E. L., Majerus, S., & Fias, W. (2013). Spatial attention interacts with serial-order retrieval from verbal working memory. Psychological science, 24(9), 1854-1859.
  • van Dijck, J. P., & Fias, W. (2011). A working memory account for spatial–numerical associations. Cognition, 119(1), 114-119.